By Rob Brown
Photos by Carlos Eric
1. Chip Carving
Especially common on wide handles, chip carving is a classic way to add detail and intrigue to a spoon or utensil. Because chip carving is an art in itself, I’d recommend practicing your technique and pattern on a scrap before moving to a freshly carved spoon.
For adding the user’s initial, a geometric pattern or a shape from nature, a pyrography pen can really heat up your next utensil project.
3. Laminating Multiple Contrasting Species
Just as it does for furniture, bringing two or more species of wood together in one project can add a pleasing effect. The options are almost endless.
Equipping a rotary tool with the right round bit can leave dimples in the wood. Parting tools will add grooves in the wood. Using a file to add a few small notches near the edge of two surfaces also works wonders. These are just a few of the many ways to add texture to your wooden utensil.
5. Leaving Tool Marks On
Some woodworkers would rather sand the carved surfaces of a spoon smooth, but if you’re using razor-sharp tools and leaving smooth facets or surfaces, leaving them alone offers a more natural, hand-carved look.